Podcast: New chapter in the history of data retention

In mid-September, the ECJ made another decision on data retention. In this new episode of Weggeforscht, research assistants Johanna Voget and Klaus Palenberg report on the ruling, according to which targeted and warrantless retention, as provided for under the current German regulation, is not compatible with European law. They also point out the leeway that remains for the legislator after the decision from Luxembourg and examine the first political approaches to a solution.

The corresponding Infobrief can be found here(DFN-Infobrief Recht 11/2022 from page 10) and the full text of the ruling here.


ITM researcher new Cambridge professor

The Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) is proud to announce that our highly esteemed former colleague of many years, Prof. Dr. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, has become Professor at the University of Cambridge and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL).

Prof. Dr. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan passed the first state law examination in 1998 after studying at the University of Münster. He then successfully completed his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren on the topic of “European sui generis database protection against the background of international agreements – an investigation into the compatibility of sui generis law with the central international rules of copyright law, industrial property law and commercial law”. From 1999 to 2005, he also worked as a research assistant at the ITM. During this time, many joint publications appeared with Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren.

After passing his second state law examination in 2005, Prof. Dr. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan was a lecturer in international trade law at the University of Leicester and then worked as a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and held various permanent positions and visiting professorships in academia in Europe, America and Asia.

In addition to his work in Cambridge, he currently teaches in various capacities at the universities of Oxford, Berlin, Strasbourg, Canberra and Helsinki. His research and teaching focuses on issues of international intellectual property law, world trade and investment law, private international law and comparative law. He is particularly concerned with the interfaces between law, automation and technology as well as the regulation of online platforms.

The ITM wishes Prof. Dr Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan every success in his new professional challenge

Sports Law in the Summer Term 2023

In the summer semester of 2023, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren will again hold a

Sports Law Seminar.

It is planned to hold this again in cooperation with Borussia Dortmund. The seminar will take place as a block seminar in the BVB stadium.

Here is the list of topics

The preliminary meeting and topic allocation for the seminar will take place digitally on 9 January 2021 at 17:00. Only participants of this preliminary meeting can be considered for the seminar.


Zoom data:


Meeting ID: 680 2915 8197

Podcast: How open are the government’s data?

Some time ago, the European Union and national legislators recognised the potential of data generated by state institutions. Uncomplicated access to government data is of enormous relevance not only in the entrepreneurial sector, but also in research. The term “open data” is used to describe data that is available to the public. In this episode of “Weggeforscht”, research assistants Justin Rennert and Owen Mc Grath talk about “Open Government Data” and how access to government data is regulated at European and national level.

Podcast: What about the protection of employee data? (Part 2)

There are many other legal disputes and open questions surrounding the topic of employee data protection. In the second part of our double episode on the protection of employee data, research assistants Johanna Voget and Johannes Müller provide an overview of practically relevant topics, such as the claim for damages under the GDPR in the event of data protection violations in employment relationships, current developments in the area of working time recording, the compatibility of national regulations on the dismissal of the data protection officer with the requirements of the GDPR and, last but not least, the right of employees to information and to receive copies of their personal data under the GDPR.

You can find more detailed information on these topics in the DFN-Infobriefe 2/2020 und 10/2022 sowie 11/2022.

Alumni coming back to ITM

At the invitation of the Association for the Promotion of the Civil Law Department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law, this year’s alumni meeting took place on 05.11.2022 on the premises of the Institute.

Institute Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren first gave an overview of the current developments within the Institute. This was followed by exciting presentations by both current staff members about their work at the Institute and former staff members, covering a wide range of topics.

Johanna Voget and Johannes Müller spoke about the current work within the DFN Association. Marie-Therese Wirtz also reported on the interesting development of the Art Law Clinic, which has been in existence since 2018 and is currently also aligning itself internationally. The interdisciplinary project has been very well received by art students and is enjoying widespread popularity. Justin Rennert gave an informative insight into the current state of media regulation at EU level, which was followed with great interest by the audience.

This was followed by an exciting lecture by Dr Bernard A. Karikari on his function as Head of Corp. Data Protection at Mercedes-Benz. The series of lectures was successfully concluded by Dr. Berthold Hilderink, Head of Employment Legal at UBS Europe SE, who spoke on the question of employee data protection and data protection as a compliance measure.

A subsequent lunch snack offered the opportunity for a broad exchange with current and former employees. During the afternoon programme, the participants then devoted themselves to the history of Münster during a visit to the city museum and were able to learn many an exciting detail about the past of the supposedly so familiar city. The day ended with apple pie and plum crumble at Café Lux, where they exchanged experiences and anecdotes about their time at the ITM.

What about the protection of employee data? (Part 1)

Employee data protection makes new headlines almost daily. Be it problems with the recording of working hours, the right to information or simply the requirements for the processing of employee data. Because the range of topics is so extensive, the Legal Research Unit at DFN is presenting a double series on the current status of employee data protection.

The first part of the double series deals with the questions referred to the ECJ by the Wiesbaden Administrative Court. The case essentially revolves around the applicability of a data protection permission standard from Hesse, which in this specific case is supposed to justify the use of video conferencing software at schools without the consent of the teaching staff. The VG Wiesbaden is of the opinion that the paragraph does not meet the requirements of the corresponding opening clause from the GDPR and therefore may not be used.

Research associates Nicolas John and Owen Mc Grath discuss the legal aspects of the questions referred and discuss the recent submissions of the Advocate General.

The DFN-Infobrief Recht 10/2022 mentioned in the podcast can be found here. Der zweite Teil der Doppelfolge erscheint am 9.11.2022.